An undefeated colt called Charlie Boy leads a quartet of youngsters targeting the Golden Slipper 2013 in April under the preparation of Sydney horseman Gerald Ryan.
The Myboycharlie two-year-old was one of four two-year-olds paid up for at second acceptance stage for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) this week, and Ryan has them rated as his best chance at securing the world’s richest race for juveniles at Rosehill Racecourse on April 6.
Charlie Boy first caught the eye in their second barrier trial last November when winning over 900m at their home track by 3.5 lengths.
They debuted later that month back at Rosehill with Glyn Schofield guiding them to a nice half length victory over the Gai Waterhouse-trained Windjammer in an 1100m handicap and Ryan is hoping they will be ready to return next month.
“Charlie Boy has come back well and I am really happy with him,” Ryan told Sky Sports radio this week.
“He has come back stronger, has a great attitude this time in after he was a little bit colty last time in.
“He will have an easy jumpout here on Tuesday and possibly trial on the 19th.
“He appears to be coming up good.”
Ryan is then looking at the $200,000 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on March 2 for their first-up run.
The bookies are already interested in My Boy Charlie when it comes to the futures Golden Slipper odds as they occupy the fifth line of betting at a quote of $17 equal with the likes of one-time Magic Millions Classic favourite Assail and the non-nominated duo of Gimcrack Stakes winner Brilliant Bisc and crack New Zealand filly Ruud Awakening who has won four of her five starts back home.
Ryan’s other Golden Slipper second acceptors are then unraced Redoute’s Choice colt Galeforce Ten, an unnamed Sebring filly and Dothraki.
Dothraki, also on track to return in early March, is another Ryan is confident will develop into a nice horse, the Mossman colt currently paying around $51 as one of the outside chances in futures Golden Slipper betting.
They debuted at Wyong in the Magic Millions when fifth to Assail before improving when stepped up to the 1200m at Canterbury on December 29 winning a 2YO Plate, Ryan looking at races like the $125,000 Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 16 to help get them into the Slipper.
“Dothraki had 18 days off at Muskoka [Farm] and he is back in now,” Ryan said.
“He will probably have one run to try and get into the Slipper, maybe in the Skyline.”
If that plan doesn’t work Ryan will change targets for Dothraki and back up from the Skyline in the $175,000 Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 30 before the $500,000 Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on April 13.
As for the unraced Galeforce Ten, a full brother to Group 1 winner Melito, Ryan believes they are nearing a debut having had two trials at Rosehill.
“He has had a couple of trials,” Ryan said.
“He got back in his first trial, got blocked, changed course, lost his action and ran fourth.
“He went a bit better the other day. He was up on the speed. He looked as if he was going to quicken really well in the straight but hit a flat spot at the 200m mark and ran third.
“He may run Saturday week in the Canonbury or Warwick Farm a week later in a 1200m race.
“He could be a 1400m horse and perhaps not an early running 2YO horse like Melito.
“He certainly has the ability but the penny doesn’t look to have dropped yet.”
The $100,000 Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) runs at Warwick Farm on February 16.
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